FruitMachine

Fruit Machine was a slang term for a device that was supposed to be able to identify homosexuals.

The subjects were made to view pornography, and the device measured the pupils of the eyes, perspiration, and pulse for a supposed erotic response.

The fruit machine was employed in Canada in the 1950s and 1960s during a campaign to eliminate all homosexuals from the civil service, the RCMP, and the military. A substantial number of workers did lose their jobs. Although funding for the project was cut off in the late 1960s, the investigations continued, and the RCMP collected files on over 9 000 suspected gay men and lesbians.

So, for those of you who think that the Canadian Government is always a nice guy, just remember this chapter in our history. We were always considered the "good guys" when it came to political matters, international relations or human rights, but that's just because our hypocritical government bent over backwards to satisfy the social pressures of the majority.

This has been studied to death.

On 9th of May, 2005, GaryKinsman was on the CBC Radio show The Current talking about some pieces of this device being shown in the national museum.

DanielMacKay asks: Does this have anything to do with Halifax? Maybe we can ask GaryKinsman.